Chrysti M. Smith
Chrysti M. Smith has been reading and collecting dictionaries for decades. As host of the radio series Chrysti the Wordsmith, she shares the stories she teases from the pages of her myriad dictionaries and word books.
Combining her passion for words, dictionaries and radio (her favorite medium), Smith introduced her radio series in 1990 while studying for a Sociology/Anthropology degree at Montana State University-Bozeman. The series is now heard on the producing radio station, KGLT-FM Bozeman, Yellowstone Public Radio in Billings, Montana Public Radio in Missoula, KCPR in Salt Lake City, and worldwide on Armed Forces Radio and Television Network.
Smith was born and raised in Poplar, on Montana’s celebrated Hi-Line, and now lives in Belgrade, Montana. She is a featured speaker with the Humanities Montana Speaker’s Bureau and serves on the Board of Trustees at her local Belgrade Community Library. She still loves to read from the hundreds of papyrus dictionaries on her bookshelves.
Phil Gaines, consulting editor of Chrysti the Wordsmith, received his Ph.D. University of Washington in Discourse Analysis and Forensic Linguistics. His primary research interest lies in the analysis of trial attorney discourse. Gaines has provided professional expert opinions on such linguistic issues as the comprehensibility of employee benefit explanations, ambiguity in insurance contracts, and the effectiveness of communication between police officers and traffic law violators. At Montana State University, he teaches courses in linguistics, rhetoric and writing.
Theme music for Chrysti the Wordsmith was written and performed by classical guitarist and fourth generation Montanan Stuart Weber. In addition to bringing to the concert stage guitar performances of traditional classical compositions including selections by Bach, Dvorak and Bartok, Stuart Weber’s ability to draw out the unique character of the West in his original compositions has earned him a reputation as an artist of musical landscapes. The Denver Post praised Weber as “a Western original.” He has been featured in several publications including Acoustic Guitar Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor
Titled “Family Suite,” the Chrysti the Wordsmith theme can be found on Weber’s CD “Hired Man’s Dream” and on his guitar anthology, “Under the Big Sky.” Both are available at his website, www.stuartweber.com.
Doing the recording, editing and mixing of Chrysti the Wordsmith is KGLT’s production supervisor, Brodie Cates. Brodie found himself being drawn to production & radio by the allure of music. Not a musician, he got as close to the magic stuff as possible in various radio stations…finally ending up in the free-form paradise that is KGLT. Production director since 2005, Brodie sees every recording project as songlike — working with some form of rhythm, lyric and melody. Likely he’ll disappear into some blissful overtone one day, leaving a tidy pile of archival wavs, flacs & mp3s to be sorted through.